Manchester United legend Gary Neville says he is HAPPY at the Red Devils’ downturn in form – because it has shown all is not rosy at Old Trafford.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took his side on an incredible run of form after succeeding Jose Mourinho at the club in December.

It culminated in a dramatic comeback at the Parc des Princes as United upset the odds to dump Paris Saint-Germain out of the Champions League.

They were rewarded with a tie against Barcelona in the last eight, and once more have it all to do as they go to the Nou Camp looking to overturn a 1-0 deficit on Tuesday night.

But, despite four defeats in six games since their win in the French capital, Neville explained why United’s struggles may actually be a good thing in the long term.

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Neville believes United’s downturn in form could be beneficial in the long run

 

“It’s been a big struggle since the PSG game, and in some ways I am happy,” he said on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football.

“Because if United had carried on as they were until the end of the season, it could have conned and fooled everyone into thinking this squad is OK.

“If there players are that susceptible to what you’re suggesting, that as soon as he [Solskjaer] gets the job they dip a little bit, he needs to know now.

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“I’m actually not unhappy that Ole is now finding out more about these players in the last month than he did in the first six to eight weeks where everything was just golden.

“It was unbelievable the run that they went on. The PSG game was one of the best nights I’ve ever had as a United fan.



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“It was crazy, mad, but felt so United in terms of the last 15 or 20 years, what we have always thought United are, coming back and achieving the unthinkable.

“All of a sudden, the last month or so, the reality has kicked in. They have started to show vulnerabilities and perform a little bit at times like they did earlier on in the season.

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“I’m actually happy that they gave Ole the job, he has been able to see the players’ mentality in the last four or five weeks, there is still a lot to play for but I think he recognises now that there is a big job to do.

“What we saw earlier on in the season, we can’t just forget about. We can’t forget about that, I can’t forget about what I was watching.

“As much as I enjoyed watching it when Ole took over, now we’re seeing it settle down a bit. Ole wants to be in the job for two or three years, he’s going to need to get some different players around him and manipulate that squad.”

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